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We’re approaching the end of The Miguel Tejada Era

May 1, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Miguel Tejada AP

That’s the name Jorge Arangure proposes for the past couple of decades over at Sports on Earth. And he makes a lot of sense, noting that not unlike Forrest Gump, Tejada has been involved in nearly every notable controversy, movement, trend or occurrence over the course of his career.

His poor Dominican roots mirror those of the players who have literally changed the face of Major League Baseball (as did his role in an age-lying scandal). He was on the “Moneyball” A’s. He was involved in BALCO and The Mitchell Report. He also represents a breed of players who some figured would just go away but never have: guys who made their millions and ceased being superstars but continued to hang on and transform into a role player because, despite what people like to claim about rich athletes, he really, really loves to play baseball.

It’s a nice full profile of a player who, like a lot of Latin ballplayers, unfortunately, we’ve only really gotten to know in caricature. Kudos to Arangure for writing profiles like this and bringing us the stories of players who, for multiple reasons, tend to be kept at arm’s length from most fans.

  1. sportsdrenched - May 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    [quote]he really, really loves to play baseball.[/qoute]

    I think people lose track of this sometimes. Tim Tebow takes a lot of crap in the media, but how many of us would trade places with him? Would we trade our “normal” careers right now to ride the pine for a major professional sports team?

    • jwbiii - May 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I think the “Love of the game” thing is bigger than some people give it credit for. Look at an Atlantic League roster. Here are some names from the Bridgeport Bluefish: Jeff Fulchino, Hunter Jones, Mike Parisi, Hayden Penn, Kanekoa Texeira, Yusuf Carter, Adam Greenberg, Prentice Redman. These guys aren’t coming back. They’re not making any money playing Indy ball. I read an interview with a Long Island Duck reliever a few years ago, Hector Carrasco, I think. He said that his salary didn’t cover the rent on his one bedroom apartment.

  2. sfm073 - May 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    The love Of the game is definitely there, but at the same time I wonder how many of these guys did a poor job saving money and that’s why they stick around.

  3. mazblast - May 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    “Love of the game” may be in play, but there are other reasons for these guys to keep playing.

    Even if you’re only making major league minimum money, that’s a lot more than most other jobs.

    Some of these guys play, even for minor league or indy ball money, because they don’t know how to do anything else–and because while there’s little chance of making it back to The Show where they are, there’s no chance of getting there if they quit.

  4. jeffa43 - May 1, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I would play for free, as I pay to play today.

    Once it is in your blood, you crave it… Nothing like squaring up the ball, and running the bases.. Nothing like throwing a hammer and watching knees buckle.

  5. thebigtim2012 - May 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Hard to tell who does it for the love of the game and who does it for the love of the spotlight (even if sometimes its just a flashlight). He’ll Oil Can Boyd was pitching for the Brockton Rox pretty recently making no money,no chance of getting called up anywhere, and at best the light of a zippo shining on him. That’s love of the game.

  6. thebigtim2012 - May 1, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    That should be hell not he’ll. damn autocorrect

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